Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service of its members towards their fellow students, colleagues, and the public; and to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. Founded in 1921, Sigma Pi Sigma is a member honor society of the Association of College Honor Societies. Election to Sigma Pi Sigma is a lifetime membership.
Sigma Pi Sigma members cut across professional lines. Besides physicists, many members of other professions also enrich the ranks, uniting a diverse group of people who have shared in the culture and traditions of physics, and have demonstrated that they could excel in it. With this common thread of a shared background in physics running through so rich a diversity of generations and professions, and with the publications and meetings of the Society available for communication instruments, Sigma Pi Sigma nurtures a spirit of professional community among its members, and encourages them to offer their collective wisdom and perspectives in the service of society.
In order to become a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, students must:
- Have GPA of 3.3 or greater overall
- Have GPA of 3.3 or greater in required physics courses (including math and CS)
- Be a Junior or Senior
- Be an active member of the physics community
New inductees are informed of their admission to the society during the Spring semester, and formal induction takes place at the annual Physics Spring Banquet.
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